- Bishop Makamu's name is trending on social media after he appeared on #AmaBishop on Sunday night, 23 May
- During the show, Makamu denied that he had been asking a young girl for sexual favours in a trending recording
- The popular TV presenter claimed he was asking the girl for his church keys when he phoned her
Bishop Israel Makamu is currently trending on social media following Sunday night's episode of #AmaBishop. The popular pastor was a guest on the show to talk about his recent sex scandal.
Makamu was in the spotlight recently when a recording of him allegedly asking a then 17-year-old girl for sex went viral. Makamu defended himself on the show.
He claimed that he called the girl at the time to ask for his church keys. The TV presenter claimed the reason he asked the girl if she was alone was because it would not look good for a church elder to walk into a schoolgirl's room alone.
The viewers of the show took to Twitter using the hashtag #Makamu to share their thoughts on his appearance on the programme. Many of them slammed Makamu and shared that they don't buy his story. Check out some of their comments below:
"#Amabishop is a toothless dog, when the abuser is not in studio they are 'disgusted' by the behaviour, but when a perpetrator is in studio they pity the abuser. Only Makhado was straight and called Makamu out, the rest brought tea and snacks to the pity party."
"'There's nowhere in the Bible where a pastor is called 'daddy'. Pastor Makhado... my fighter."
"A key?! Respect us please."
"As men, we must stop protecting each other when we're wrong."
"Makamu says he was merely asking for a key! He thinks re ditlaela."
"It's sexual harassment. He violated her. Makamu must face consequences."
"It's so disappointing that trusted men and fathers are entertaining this lousy key story... honestly."
In related news, Briefly News reported that Bishop Makamu has voluntarily stepped down from the Moja Love channel pending an internal investigation after a recording "with sexual connotations" was circulated on social media, the channel announced.
The hashtag #BishopMakamu is trending high on Twitter on Wednesday, 12 May as tweeps share their thoughts on the leaked recording. In the clip, Makamu has a conversation with a woman, who is a congregation member, and many people assumed that he was asking her for sex.
Moja Love issued a statement late on Tuesday, 11 May and said they'll be conducting a rigorous internal investigation regarding the matter before Bishop Makamu is reinstated back to the channel.
According to Moja Love, Makamu maintained that he is innocent and said the recording dates back to 2017. He said the lady in the recording worked for him and denied their conversation was sexual in any manner. Makamu claimed it had been altered to extort money from him.
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